Match ends, Plymouth Argyle 5, Rochdale 1.
Plymouth Argyle 5-1 Rochdale
Striker Freddie Ladapo scored twice as Plymouth eased to a League One home win over 10-man Rochdale.
Ladapo fired Argyle ahead on 26 minutes from the edge of the box as they dominated a first half in which Dale keeper Andy Lonergan - on emergency loan from Middlesbrough - made a string of outstanding saves either side of the goal.
Argyle briefly looked like they would rue those missed opportunities when Matt Done pounced on a poor Ryan Edwards pass back to Kyle Letheren and raced on to slot past the keeper on 48 minutes.
But Rochdale were reduced to 10 men on 58 minutes when defender Ethan Ebanks-Landell handled a pass from Ruben Lameiras destined to put Ladapo in on goal.
Within three minutes Argyle central defender Edwards scored from close range as Dale failed to clear their lines following Graham Carey's corner, and Ladapo then took his season's tally to 15 goals with a solo effort in the 75th minute.
Substitute Oscar Threlkeld fired home from the edge of the box four minutes after his 81st-minute introduction and in stoppage time full-back Ashley Smith-Brown smashed home to make it 5-1.
Match report supplied by the Press Association.
- 14CanavanSubstituted forJonesat 90+1'minutes
- 8FoxSubstituted forThrelkeldat 81'minutes
- 10CareySubstituted forAndersonat 88'minutes
- 7SarcevicBooked at 67mins
- 6Ebanks-LandellBooked at 58mins
- 10CampsBooked at 72mins
- 7DooleySubstituted forAndrewat 45'minutes
- 23HoldenSubstituted forInmanat 45'minutes
- Chris Sarginson
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Plymouth Argyle 5, Rochdale 1.
Goal! Plymouth Argyle 5, Rochdale 1. Ashley Smith-Brown (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Ruben Lameiras.
Attempt missed. Ethan Hamilton (Rochdale) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.
Attempt saved. Antoni Sarcevic (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
Yann Songo'o (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Ethan Hamilton (Rochdale).
Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Lloyd Jones replaces Niall Canavan.
Foul by Freddie Ladapo (Plymouth Argyle).
Callum Camps (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Paul Anderson replaces Graham Carey.
Attempt saved. Bradden Inman (Rochdale) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Goal! Plymouth Argyle 4, Rochdale 1. Oscar Threlkeld (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ruben Lameiras.
Foul by Antoni Sarcevic (Plymouth Argyle).
Ethan Hamilton (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Oscar Threlkeld replaces David Fox.
Attempt missed. Joe Bunney (Rochdale) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.
Attempt missed. David Fox (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.
Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Andy Lonergan.
Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Ryan Edwards.